- Holly Hofmann - flute
- Bill Cunliffe - Hammond B-3 Organ
- Frank Potenza - guitar
- Duncan Moore - drums
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- Tom Thumb
- Listen Up
- My One and Only Love
- Further Adventures
- Satin Doll
- Out of the Night
T. Michael Crowell, The San Diego Union-Tribune
olly Hofmann has made a career of breaking barriers. Her instrument, the flute, is an unlikely jazz voice; the fact that she's female has not helped her chances in a male- dominated art form; and with "Flutopia," she mixes the funky groove of a Hammond B3 organ with the lighter-than-air sounds of her flute. And she does them all with class and her own style.
Backed by a fine collection of musicians, including longtime touring partner Bill Cunliffe on B3 and some strong work by drummer Duncan Moore, Hofmann offers up nine tunes, three from Cunliffe. The gritty combination of his bluesy B3 and the elegant voice of her flute work well here, with both instruments adding texture and nuance to the music. It's a mix with a groove, and Hermann's flute soars above the low-down foundation laid by Cunliffe's organ playing.
The most interesting material is Cunliffe's up-tempo title tune and beautiful ballad "My One and Only Love." With Frank Potenza's guitar adding another distinctive voice to the mix, "Flutopia" blends hard boppish tunes from Wayne Shorter ("Tom Thumb") with silky standards (Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll",) It's an unusual combination of both music and instruments and Hofmann's strongest efforts to date.